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Drug cartels make inroads in city as officials look the other way

2017-08-12 10:14:26

Drug cartels make inroads in city as officials look the other way

 

 

 

by D Bal Reddy

Leaving aside the educational institutions where hundreds of students are addicted to drugs, the excise officials chose to grill film personalities obviously to grab attention besides appeasing the political bosses, the sources Drug cartels make inroads in city as officials look the other way said.

At one point, the prohibition and excise enforcement director, Akun Sabharwal, was reprimanded by the deputy chief minister, Kadiam Srihari, for making it public that students of several reputed educational institutions were linked with the drug racket.

This made the officer to abandon the probe into the failure of the educational institutions to check drug abuse. Further, it is said the IT minister, K T Rama Rao, who is the son of chief minister, K Chandrasekhar Rao, had allegedly prevented the excise officials from probing the links of software professionals with the drug racket.

Though anxious parents wanted the excise officials to set the things right in the educational institutions, the department had little choice and was forced to concentrate only on the film personalities, sources said.

Even in the film industry, some bigwigs Drug cartels make inroads in city as officials look the other way were spared, sources said. There have been allegations that the excise department did not have to courage to call the managements of some pubs owned by the relatives of ruling party leaders.

Keeping the allegations and counter allegations aside, what baffles the people is that several organized drug cartels are operating in Hyderabad thanks to the lack of coordination between enforcement agencies and lack of political resolve to fight the growing menace due to various reasons.

Organized drug cartels have made Hyderabad their base since 2000, but the enforcement agencies have miserably failed to foresee the consequences and remained silent spectators, in a way helping the cartels have a free run.

The activities of organized drug ring on a large scale came to light when city police arrested five persons including a deputy superintendent of police attached to the Greyhounds in 2000. The drug ring had links to Mumbai underworld.

According to an officer who headed the narcotics wing in the Crime Investigation Department (CID) in combined Andhra Pradesh, fighting drugs has never been a priority for the police and the prohibition and excise departments.

A former director general of police told The Hans India that police have always been occupied with other tasks such as counter terror operations, law and order issues and handling traditional crimes. Faced with serious staff crunch, immediate focus of the police was always on containing traditional crime and counter terror operations.

Top brass always felt fighting drugs was the job of prohibition and excise, anti-narcotics wing of the CID and the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), a central government department, the former DGP said.

Further, police officials have always been working for the fulfillment of unit chiefs and the unit chiefs guided the police personnel to work according to the priorities of the political bosses. So, fighting drug menace has never been the priority for the police, the former DGP said.

Echoing the same opinion, an intelligence officer said the intelligence has been busy handling Maoists, then terrorists and now politics. These days, the job of intelligence is reduced to political intelligence and counter terrorist measures. “We have never been asked to look into drug cartels,” the officer said on condition of anonymity.

On the other hand, NCB officials say that they have a small set up in the state headquarters to guide the state police and train the local police in handling narcotics cases. There has to be a perfect coordination between the local police, prohibition and excise, anti-narcotics cell of the CID.

Since there is no focus on fight against drugs, some lower and even middle level officials in the enforcement agencies look at it as an opportunity to make quick bucks by facilitating the drug cartels through different methods, the officials said.

Sources said that an anti-narcotics task force headed by an officer of the rank of Inspector General should be constituted and a state level coordination committee under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary of the state should be convened at regular intervals.

All the enforcement agencies connected to drug law enforcement including the NCB should be called for the meeting to discuss the plan and strategy and the NCB provides assistance by way of providing funds, training for drug law enforcement officers and drug detection and testing kits. However, nothing that sort has been happening in the state, sources said.

Instead, city police will occasionally catch some Nigerians and put them behind bars without going deep to track the origin of the drugs and crack the entire drug cartel. Some efforts, however, were made when A K Khan was the city police commissioner and Stephen Ravindra was the west zone deputy commissioner of police.

During his stint, Khan had opened an exclusive anti-narcotics cell in the city police with some infrastructure. However, subsequent officers, had no inclination towards fighting drug menace, rendered the anti-narcotics cell toothless.

This has led the Nigerian drug peddlers languishing in prisons came in touch with local criminals and spread their network unimaginably, a senior police officer said. The latest drug bust by the prohibition and excise department is only a tip of the ice berg, he said.

The official said there was an urgent need for the state government and the drug law enforcement agencies to take steps on a war footing to fight the fast growing menace and save the next generation from falling prey to drugs.


Former NASA scientist in drug deals

The Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing drug racket made a surprise arrest in the case when the team laid its hands on Dandu Anish, former NASA scientist.

Anish, an aero space engineer from US and his friend Ritul Agarwal of Somajiguda were arrested last month for their role in drug deals. Excise officials seized 16 units of LSD from them. Anish had accessed dark web at least eight times and ordered different quantities of cocaine, LSD and MDMA, officials said.

According to excise cops, Anish is a US citizen and studied at Doon School, Dehradun. He worked as a collision analyst for NASA Goddard Space Flight Center between 2008 and 2009.

Based on the information given by him, excise officials arrested Ritul, a BBA graduate from ICFAI. Currently, he is looking after the steel business his family owns.

The duo used to order narcotic substances through dark web and paid through Bit coins and Crypto currency. The drugs delivered to them by courier bear Netherland markings, officials said.
The two high profile drug peddlers are believed to have widespread network of drug abusers in view of their educational and financial backgrounds.

Drug ring boss trapped girls to spread network

Calvin Mascarenhas, the kingpin of the new drug ring that has been bust by the Prohibition and Excise department this month, has trapped and utilized the services of dozens of girls to spread his network.

He began abusing cannabis while pursuing engineering. After completing his engineering, Calvin started developing friendship with easy going girls and made them drug addicts, sources said.

Calvin was so clever that he used to first identify individual girls from different sectors such as entertainment industry, pug going girls, software industry, schools and colleges and developed friendship with them. He was extra cautious in ensuring that those girls never meet each other. Then he made them drug addicts by offering the narcotics free of cost, sources said.

Ones the girls become addicted to drugs, he used to demand physical pleasures in return for the stuff. Then he made the girls get lure people from their respective fields for drug abuse and thus steadily built a strong customer base, sources said.

This methodical modus operandi of Calvin came to light after Prohibition and Excise officials took him into custody for questioning. Sources said majority of the contact list on his mobile phone included girls whom he used as pawns for spreading his customer base.

The officials plan to call the girls and question them confidentially to ascertain the names of all customers. The officials expect to the number of drug abusers may swell after questioning the girls who were used as pawns by Calvin, sources said.

Film personalities grilled

The Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing the drug racket grilled dozen film personalities over a period of two weeks.

Those who were grilled include popular director Puri Jagannadh, actors Ravi Teja, Tarun, Navdeep, Taneesh, Subbaraju, Nandu, actresses Charmme Kaur, Mumait Khan, cinematographer Shyam K Naidu, art director Dharma Rao aka Chinna and Srinivasa Rao.

The SIT collected blood, hair and nail samples from Jagannadh, Subbaraju and few others but Charmme, Mumait Khan, Ravi Teja refused to give their samples.

Charmme had even approached the High Court days before she was to appear before the SIT. The High Court refused to permit her to take her advocate along with her, but said the SIT cannot collect the samples without her consent.

 

 

 

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Drug cartels make inroads in city as officials look the other way

2017-08-12 10:14:26

Drug cartels make inroads in city as officials look the other way

 

 

 

by D Bal Reddy

Leaving aside the educational institutions where hundreds of students are addicted to drugs, the excise officials chose to grill film personalities obviously to grab attention besides appeasing the political bosses, the sources said.

At one point, the prohibition and excise enforcement director, Akun Sabharwal, was reprimanded by the deputy chief minister, Kadiam Srihari, for making it public that students of several reputed educational institutions were linked with the drug racket.

This made the officer to abandon the probe into the failure of the educational institutions to check drug abuse. Further, it is said the IT minister, K T Rama Rao, who is the son of chief minister, K Chandrasekhar Rao, had allegedly prevented the excise officials from probing the links of software professionals with the drug racket.

Though anxious parents wanted the excise officials to set the things right in the educational institutions, the department had little choice and was forced to concentrate only on the film personalities, sources said.

Even in the film industry, some bigwigs were spared, sources said. There have been allegations that the excise department did not have to courage to call the managements of some pubs owned by the relatives of ruling party leaders.

Keeping the allegations and counter allegations aside, what baffles the people is that several organized drug cartels are operating in Hyderabad thanks to the lack of coordination between enforcement agencies and lack of political resolve to fight the growing menace due to various reasons.

Organized drug cartels have made Hyderabad their base since 2000, but the enforcement agencies have miserably failed to foresee the consequences and remained silent spectators, in a way helping the cartels have a free run.

The activities of organized drug ring on a large scale came to light when city police arrested five persons including a deputy superintendent of police attached to the Greyhounds in 2000. The drug ring had links to Mumbai underworld.

According to an officer who headed the narcotics wing in the Crime Investigation Department (CID) in combined Andhra Pradesh, fighting drugs has never been a priority for the police and the prohibition and excise departments.

A former director general of police told The Hans India that police have always been occupied with other tasks such as counter terror operations, law and order issues and handling traditional crimes. Faced with serious staff crunch, immediate focus of the police was always on containing traditional crime and counter terror operations.

Top brass always felt fighting drugs was the job of prohibition and excise, anti-narcotics wing of the CID and the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), a central government department, the former DGP said.

Further, police officials have always been working for the fulfillment of unit chiefs and the unit chiefs guided the police personnel to work according to the priorities of the political bosses. So, fighting drug menace has never been the priority for the police, the former DGP said.

Echoing the same opinion, an intelligence officer said the intelligence has been busy handling Maoists, then terrorists and now politics. These days, the job of intelligence is reduced to political intelligence and counter terrorist measures. “We have never been asked to look into drug cartels,” the officer said on condition of anonymity.

On the other hand, NCB officials say that they have a small set up in the state headquarters to guide the state police and train the local police in handling narcotics cases. There has to be a perfect coordination between the local police, prohibition and excise, anti-narcotics cell of the CID.

Since there is no focus on fight against drugs, some lower and even middle level officials in the enforcement agencies look at it as an opportunity to make quick bucks by facilitating the drug cartels through different methods, the officials said.

Sources said that an anti-narcotics task force headed by an officer of the rank of Inspector General should be constituted and a state level coordination committee under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary of the state should be convened at regular intervals.

All the enforcement agencies connected to drug law enforcement including the NCB should be called for the meeting to discuss the plan and strategy and the NCB provides assistance by way of providing funds, training for drug law enforcement officers and drug detection and testing kits. However, nothing that sort has been happening in the state, sources said.

Instead, city police will occasionally catch some Nigerians and put them behind bars without going deep to track the origin of the drugs and crack the entire drug cartel. Some efforts, however, were made when A K Khan was the city police commissioner and Stephen Ravindra was the west zone deputy commissioner of police.

During his stint, Khan had opened an exclusive anti-narcotics cell in the city police with some infrastructure. However, subsequent officers, had no inclination towards fighting drug menace, rendered the anti-narcotics cell toothless.

This has led the Nigerian drug peddlers languishing in prisons came in touch with local criminals and spread their network unimaginably, a senior police officer said. The latest drug bust by the prohibition and excise department is only a tip of the ice berg, he said.

The official said there was an urgent need for the state government and the drug law enforcement agencies to take steps on a war footing to fight the fast growing menace and save the next generation from falling prey to drugs.


Former NASA scientist in drug deals

The Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing drug racket made a surprise arrest in the case when the team laid its hands on Dandu Anish, former NASA scientist.

Anish, an aero space engineer from US and his friend Ritul Agarwal of Somajiguda were arrested last month for their role in drug deals. Excise officials seized 16 units of LSD from them. Anish had accessed dark web at least eight times and ordered different quantities of cocaine, LSD and MDMA, officials said.

According to excise cops, Anish is a US citizen and studied at Doon School, Dehradun. He worked as a collision analyst for NASA Goddard Space Flight Center between 2008 and 2009.

Based on the information given by him, excise officials arrested Ritul, a BBA graduate from ICFAI. Currently, he is looking after the steel business his family owns.

The duo used to order narcotic substances through dark web and paid through Bit coins and Crypto currency. The drugs delivered to them by courier bear Netherland markings, officials said.
The two high profile drug peddlers are believed to have widespread network of drug abusers in view of their educational and financial backgrounds.

Drug ring boss trapped girls to spread network

Calvin Mascarenhas, the kingpin of the new drug ring that has been bust by the Prohibition and Excise department this month, has trapped and utilized the services of dozens of girls to spread his network.

He began abusing cannabis while pursuing engineering. After completing his engineering, Calvin started developing friendship with easy going girls and made them drug addicts, sources said.

Calvin was so clever that he used to first identify individual girls from different sectors such as entertainment industry, pug going girls, software industry, schools and colleges and developed friendship with them. He was extra cautious in ensuring that those girls never meet each other. Then he made them drug addicts by offering the narcotics free of cost, sources said.

Ones the girls become addicted to drugs, he used to demand physical pleasures in return for the stuff. Then he made the girls get lure people from their respective fields for drug abuse and thus steadily built a strong customer base, sources said.

This methodical modus operandi of Calvin came to light after Prohibition and Excise officials took him into custody for questioning. Sources said majority of the contact list on his mobile phone included girls whom he used as pawns for spreading his customer base.

The officials plan to call the girls and question them confidentially to ascertain the names of all customers. The officials expect to the number of drug abusers may swell after questioning the girls who were used as pawns by Calvin, sources said.

Film personalities grilled

The Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing the drug racket grilled dozen film personalities over a period of two weeks.

Those who were grilled include popular director Puri Jagannadh, actors Ravi Teja, Tarun, Navdeep, Taneesh, Subbaraju, Nandu, actresses Charmme Kaur, Mumait Khan, cinematographer Shyam K Naidu, art director Dharma Rao aka Chinna and Srinivasa Rao.

The SIT collected blood, hair and nail samples from Jagannadh, Subbaraju and few others but Charmme, Mumait Khan, Ravi Teja refused to give their samples.

Charmme had even approached the High Court days before she was to appear before the SIT. The High Court refused to permit her to take her advocate along with her, but said the SIT cannot collect the samples without her consent.